Dr. Kenji Yamamoto, a Japanese cardiovascular surgeon, has penned a letter to the peer-reviewed journal Virology that calls for an end to the COVID-19 vaccine booster program in the country. “As a safety measure, further booster vaccinations should be discontinued,” Yamamoto wrote. The highly regarded surgeon cited the fact that COVID-19 vaccines have been linked to vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, which has been fatal in a number of patients.
Yamamoto works at Okamura Memorial Hospital in Shizuoka, Japan, according to The Epoch Times. In the letter he explains that he and his colleagues have “encountered cases of infections that are difficult to control,” including some that occurred after open-heart surgery and were still not under control after several weeks of treatment with multiple antibiotics.
According to Yamamoto, affected patients showed signs of being immunocompromised. For some patients, vaccine-induced side effects proved fatal, the letter explains. In addition, Yamamoto believes the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine has suppressed the immune systems of a number of patients.
The Japanese surgeon’s move is highly irregular, as doctors don’t often submit opinions that fly in the face of the medical status quo.